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The most popular target of 17th century "science fiction" was the Moon ("visited" in fiction by Kepler, Oddly, none of these fictions made use of the lunar maps contemporaneously created by Hevelius, Riccioli and others.
It was quite some time before such "extraordinary voyages" went beyond the lunar sphere.
The emphasis of the early science-fiction pulps was as firmly placed on novels and novellas as that of any other pulp fiction magazine, but the environment provided by a specialist magazine allowed writers of short fiction to take far more for granted than they had been able to do in the general fiction pulps.
General readers had had to be carefully introduced to the notion that a story was to be set in the future or an alien world, and the narrative labor required to establish the world-within-the-text could easily cripple the pace and economy of the story.This article explores the tactics Crichton used to craft realistic science fiction within one of his most popular novels, Sphere. Well-timed coincidences can catapult a story forward, but a poorly planned one can bring your readers to a dead stop.Use these 7 strategies to harness the power of this storytelling tool while steering clear of common missteps.YA sensation Cassandra Clare discusses the tactics she leverages to craft her bestselling Shadowhunter series and demystifies the secrets of writing for different age groups and fostering representation in fiction.Dustin Grinnell explains how to—and how not to—write more scientific fiction by analyzing Carl Sagan's 'Contact' and the ways it incorporates believeable elements that are understandable to laypeople. Read on to discover his thoughts on what it takes to write powerful sci-fi, the process of writing with a co-author, and what's next for his career.Dante implies that the light of the planets is a combination of light imparted by Divine will and the radiance of the blessed souls that inhabit the spheres.These planets are, however, entirely ethereal; they have light but no physical form and no geography.Ludovico Ariosto, in his epic Orlando Furioso (1513), jestingly sent his hero to a Moon where everything lost on Earth eventually turns up; but it was not until Galileo discovered (1609–1610) that the Moon had surface features, and that the other planets could, at least, be resolved into disks, that the concept that the planets were real physical bodies came to be taken seriously.In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus had already posited that the planets orbited the Sun as the Earth does; combined, these two concepts led to the thought that the planets might be "worlds" similar to the Earth.considering the possibility of life on other planets; or to philosophers like Campanella, who wrote in defense of Galileo.The concept of life on distant planets was not, however, much utilized in fiction.